PIERPONT — The early morning breeze blows through the Pierpont Store's door, which chimes as regulars push it open on their way to drink coffee at the convenience store tucked along Missouri 163.
As the rest of Columbia is still getting up and dressed, a group of men are already sipping coffee at a table in the middle of the store.
The Pierpont Store Coffee Club meets every morning around 6:30 a.m., and members chat about their daily lives, sports, politics and anything else on their minds. On Wednesday, discussion revolved around repairing lawn mowers, the Cardinals' game and a friend's trip to Hannibal.
Mike Gamble is one of the men who comes to the store every morning. He has been meeting with the group for the past 20 years and said he comes every day except on Christmas because the store is closed.
"We just discuss everything from sports to practical problems," Gamble said. "Just a good group. We volunteer to help each other."
Eddie John has owned the store for the past 20 years.
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